Now that the long, cold, endless winter is over it’s time to give up those comfort foods and trade them in for a spring cleaning of your diet!
The good news is it is possible to rid your body of harmful toxins that you may have indulged in during the winter months, just by eating better and right this spring. These foods will help hydrate, refresh and detoxify your way into a healthier season and give you the energy you need to gear up for summer, too!
- Berry green smoothie – Get started with a healthy smoothie blending together a cup of greens like spinach, kale and celery with a handful of fresh berries. The greens contain chlorophyll that eliminates toxins that can contribute to liver damage and other illnesses. The berries are packed with antioxidants and enzymes that fight free-radical damage, plus their sweetness combat the bitterness in the greens.
- Curry powder – Popular in Indian foods,curry gets its yellow color from a compound called curcumin. According to holistic medicine, curcumin is used to help aid with liver issues and digestive disorders. And because curry powder is also an anti-inflammatory it also contributes to the production of glutathione, a liver-protecting antioxidant. You can add curry powder as an accent to almost any food including eggs, chicken, and vegetables.
- Cabbage – Made up of nearly 92 percent water, cabbage is a natural diuretic that will help your body get rid of excess fluids. It is also jam packed with glucosinolates, organic compounds that contain nitrogen and sulfur, that help to flush out unwanted toxins in the body. Cabbage also is loaded with many essential vitamins like C, K, E and A, plus minerals, dietary fiber and folic acid.
- Water – Always start your day with a big glass of water and stay hydrated all day long by carrying around with you a reusable water bottle. Drinking water before a meal can help curb hunger and overeating, and you should definitely drink plenty of water before, during and after any workout. The Mayo Clinic suggests shooting for at least 9 glasses of water each day to help flush out any toxins in your liver and kidneys.